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Valentin Engobo (Community Leader, Lokolama, DRC) explains to a TV team the welcoming ceremony of his village. Credit: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

Newspapers and Magazines

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TV & Radio Programs and Videos

Newspapers and Magazines

2022

BBC News. Congo peat: The ‘lungs of humanity’ which are under threat.
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Bloomberg. Blinken Says Congo Needs Funding to Protect Forests, Peatlands.
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Bloomberg. Congo Peatlands, Which Slow Climate Change, Bigger Than Thought
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The Economist. An oil auction in Congo bodes ill for the climate.
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Geography Directions. Congo peat swamps store three years of global carbon emissions – imminent oil drilling could release it.
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The Guardian. DRC to auction oil and gas permits in endangered gorilla habitat.
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Le Monde. Kinshasa clears the way for oil drilling in the peat rich central Congo Basin (in French).  
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Mongabay. In Congo, a carbon sink like no other risks being carved up for oil.
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The New York Times. Blinken Presses Congo Leaders to Slow Oil-and-Gas Push in Rainforest.
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The New York Times. The Worst Place in the World to Drill for Oil Is Up for Auction. 
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University of Leeds. True size of largest tropical peatland revealed. 
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2021

The New York Times. What do the protectors of Congo’s peatlands get in return?
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The Washington Post. The race to defuse Congo’s carbon bomb.
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Mongabay. The Congo Basin’s 10 most consequential stories from 2021.
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Mongabay. Four part series on the Congo Basin peatlands.

  1. The ‘idea’: Uncovering the peatlands of the Congo Basin 
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  2. Layers of carbon: The Congo Basin peatlands and oil
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  3. Holding agriculture and logging at bay in the Congo peatlands
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  4. Carbon and communities: The future  of the Congo Basin peatlands
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Mongabay. The past, present and future of the Congo peatlands: 10 takeaways from our series.
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2020

Brown, M. 2020. Protecting tropical peatlands. Resurgence & Ecologist. 321, pp.36-37. 

The Guardian. Plan to drain Congo peat bog for oil could release vast amount of carbon.
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2019

CIFOR. New Congo peatlands paper published.
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Le Vif joins CongoPeat scientists to the peatlands of DRC: “Operation peatlands in the Congo rainforest” (in French).
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National Geographic joins CongoPeat scientists to the peatlands of DRC: “Inside the search for Africa’s carbon time bomb”.
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2018

UN Environment. Launch of International Peatlands Centre, attended by CongoPeat scientists.
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CIFOR Forests News. Can Congo peatlands countries learn from Indonesia? Interview with Prof Lewis.
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Caixin & Weixin. Chinese journalists join CongoPeat scientists to the peatlands of DRC (in Mandarin).
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Le Figaro joins CongoPeat scientists to the peatlands of DRC: “Fragile carbon in the heart of the Congo basin” (in French).
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Washington Post joins CongoPeat scientists to the peatlands of DRC: “The Mud that could save the world”.
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Mongabay joins CongoPeat scientists to the peatlands of DRC: “Much deeper than we expected’: Huge peatland offers up more surprises”.
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2017

New York Times. Scientists Map Vast Peat Swamps, a Storehouse of Carbon, in Central Africa.
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Washington Post. Scientists just discovered a massive pool of carbon in central Africa that nobody knew was there.
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UK’s Guardian newspaper joins CongoPeat scientists to peatlands of DRC.
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The Guardian. World’s largest tropical peatland found in Congo basin.
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Environmental News Service. Congo Holds World’s Largest Tropical Peatland.
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2014

BBC News. Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo.
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The Guardian. Peat bog as big as England discovered in Congo.
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BBC Newsround. Massive peat bog discovered in Congo.
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TV & Radio Programs and Videos

2022

ARTE. Congo: Perils of black gold in the forest (in French).
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BBC. DR Congo plan for rainforest oil exploration.
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BBC News. Climate change threat in Congo as vast carbon-rich peat slab faces development.
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2021

Campus AFD. Prof Suspense Averti Ifo explains close links between fight against poverty in Africa and sustainable forest management (in French).
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Global Peatlands Pavilion. COP26 side event Protecting the Congo peatlands for climate mitigation & adaptation.
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CongoPeat. Video: Protecting the Congo Basin Peatlands to Safeguard Climate and Biodiversity. 
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2019

BBC World Service. Prof Simon Lewis explains the aims of CongoPeat on BBC Science in Action.
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National Geographic. Peatlands Critical in Climate Change Fight.
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2018

YouTube. Ikelemba peatlands in DRC (in French).
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FranceInfo. Global Warming – the power of Congo’s peatlands (in French).
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2017

FranceInfo. TV documentary following scientist Simon Lewis and indigenous community leader Valentine Engpbo into DRC’s peatlands.
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2014

BBC News. Colossal peat bog ‘big discovery’.
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